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October 9, 2014

Understanding Birky and Brady

Racing is wonderful! Why would anybody ever quit?

Over the past couple of weeks two relatively young racers have announced plans to step away from the sport. First was Brian Birkhofer, revealing his decision in a low-key manner at Knoxville. In recent days popular Wisconsin racer Brady Smith has announced his plans to sell his equipment and quit.

Both announcements were surprising to say the least. The thought of racers walking away while obviously still in their prime has triggered renewed MORE

September 4, 2014

Life is good for McDowell


Thirteen weeks ago Dale McDowell made the long haul up I-75, past Cleveland and Athens and Sweetwater. Through Knoxville, then London and Richmond and Lexington, finally the southern fringes of the sprawling Cincinnati metroplex. Then … across the wide river to Ohio. | Complete World 100 coverage

Ohio was very good to McDowell all those weeks ago. He and Team Dillon Racing carried $100,000 back home from Eldora Speedway, scoring an impressive win on June 7 in the 20th Dirt Late Model Dream. Now MORE

July 29, 2014

Fairbury's secret? The people

Fairbury American Legion Speedway

The pace slows on U.S. 24 as you ease into town, eyes surveying the landscape. Fairbury is just one of many pretty towns along this highway that lies razor-straight across the Illinois prairie. Another speed zone, another blinking traffic signal, another set of churches and schools and municipal buildings and a Casey’s General Store.

But Fairbury is different. Special. Somewhere, off to the south, just the other side of an idyllic grid of neat lawns and well-kept homes, is an old fairgrounds. MORE